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Interventions for postsurgical opioid prescribing: a systematic review.

Wick EC, Sehgal NL. A Learning Health System Approach to the Opioid Crisis. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(10):948-954. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.2731.

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September 19, 2018
Wick EC, Sehgal NL. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(10):948-954.

This systematic review of opioid stewardship practices following surgery identified eight intervention studies intended to reduce postsurgical opioid use. Organizational-level interventions such as changing orders in the electronic health record, demonstrated clear reductions in opioid prescribing. Clinician-facing interventions such as development and dissemination of local guidelines also led to reduced opioid prescribing. The authors emphasize the need for more high-quality evidence on opioid stewardship interventions.

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Wick EC, Sehgal NL. A Learning Health System Approach to the Opioid Crisis. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(10):948-954. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.2731.